Tiina decided to become a veterinarian in the third grade, when the family poodle died of distemper. Before that, another poodle puppy died of intoxication. At that time there wasn’t any proper veterinary help available in Tallinn, and Tiina thought that when she was all grown up, she would be the doctor of all sick dogs in Tallinn. At one point she also wanted to become a veterinarian in a collective farm because when she was a teenager and going to the country, she was always sitting in the barn or wandering about the fields.
Tiina graduated EPA Veterinary Medicine Department in 1983 and although she had a position guaranteed in the only veterinary clinic in Tallinn on Västriku street, the government decided that agriculture was more important than cats and dogs and demanded her to choose between a collective farm and a laboratory. Tiina worked in a veterinary laboratory until 1986 and then stayed at home with her children for six years, not having the slightest idea what to do in the future.
In the dawn of private enterprises Tiina started going to Finland very diligently, continuing her education. She was hoping that an entrepreneurial colleague would start up his/her own practice, where she could go to work. In the end though she had to start her own clinic in 1991.
Tiina has continued her education mainly in Finland, but she has also attended almost every European and World Congress since 1995. She was the president of Estonian Small Animal Veterinary Association from its founding since 1994 to 2003. She was also the Estonian representative in FECAVA and WSAVA from 1996 until 2009.
Tiina’s main area of expertise is dermatology, ear diseases and allergies. In 2012, she started the puppy pre-school program on the encouragement from her good friend and colleague dr. Kersti Seksel, which back then was quite an innovative undertaking (following dr. Seksel Puppy Preschool method).
Tiina has always had dogs in her home. Beginning with the miniature pincher Peppi, who used to bite the heel of a two-year-old Tiina relentlessly and ending with Boston terriers.
Tiina says that she has no hobbies and past interest in handicraft has faded away because of limited time. Because of pressure from her three children, the former sports hater has become an avid mountain skier, she also likes to travel. In recent years, there has been more time to delve into books as well.